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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★

    Hell Or High Water insists on hamstringing itself through a muddily-ordered, occasionally unclear script that often deliberately withholds key information, and then reveals it all in a couple of clunky exposition dumps. The result being you're never quite sure why you should be as invested in the brothers as you need to be, until it's too late

    It's a shame because there's the bones of a really excellent film here, some fine direction by Mackenzie and three very engaging performances. (Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges can play these roles in their sleep but there's almost certainly nobody better suited for them)

  • Blair Witch

    Blair Witch

    ★★½

    A couple of effective sequences but this is mostly an overly noisy, empty retread of the original.

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  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★

    A mixed bag.

    In terms of set pieces and visuals, this might be the most spectacular thing I've seen at the cinema since The Matrix.

    In terms of storyline and characterisation, this might be the first time Marvel have really gotten it wrong. Cumberbatch is nondescript with a poor accent in an underwritten origin and Mads Mikkelsen the most criminal waste of a villain yet. Everything from Strange's introduction up to his arrival in Nepal is a mess, and although…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★★

    Harsh, brutal, uncompromising, beautiful.

    I'm not interested in the Oscar talk for Leo (truth be told, the best performances in this are Tom Hardy and Domnhall Gleeson. Leo is definitely due one but in this he is basically just reacting to being hurled around) but Inarritu has taken the flash and technical brilliance of Birdman and added some actual substance and a proper theme to it, resulting in a much more satisfying picture.